UOW Dean of Law honoured with coveted industry accolade

UOW Dean of Law honoured with coveted industry accolade

Australian Academy of Law elects Professor Colin Picker as a Fellow

University of Wollongong (UOW) Dean of Law Professor Colin Picker will be recognised with one of Australia’s highest legal industry accolades.

The Australian Academy of Law has invited Professor Picker to join an exclusive list of lawyers, elected as their newest fellow.

There are fewer than 350 fellows including senior legal academics, judges and esteemed solicitors.

Those invited to become fellows of the Academy are people of exceptional distinction in the discipline of law who are demonstrably committed to the objects of the Academy.

UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE said he was proud to see Professor Picker’s work acknowledged by the Academy.

“We are honoured to have connected, community-minded academics in our midst at UOW,” Professor Wellings said.

“It is only fitting that Professor Picker is welcomed as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

“His pioneering work acts to inspire our students, and is having a profound impact on the community in Australia and across the world.”

Professor Picker was thrilled to join the league of Australia’s most esteemed lawyers.

“I am deeply honoured to have been asked to join such a distinguished body,” Professor Picker said.

“I look forward to working within the Academy to contribute to its mission to advance understandings and observance of the Rule of Law – goals that have been integral to my professional and academic work over the last three decades, in America, Australia and around the world.”

Professor Picker is well known among the global legal community for his instrumental work in creating and running the scholarly organisations for his field. He has founded and run, among other bodies, the Society of International Economic Law in 2007 and more recently led the foundation of the South Asia International Economic Law Network. 

Professor Picker specialises in international law, comparative law, international trade, US regulation of transnational business and choice of law.

His scholarship has been innovative in exploring previously unexplored aspects of his field. Professor Picker has been leading the world’s first global project exploring how the world would manage in the event the World Trade Organisation succumbs to the repeated attacks on its work and institutions, in what he has coined as the Post-WTO World.

Professor Picker is one of just two UOW academics who are fellows of the Australian Academy of Law, along with Distinguished Professor Stuart Kaye. Professor Kaye is the Director and Professor of Law at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security.

Next year, Professor Picker will take on a new position as Executive Dean of Law, Humanities and the Arts at UOW.